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radardude65

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Angel
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:24:06 AM »
Angel was a band formed in Washington DC in 1975.  Gene Simmons of Kiss discovered them and was instrumental in getting them signed to Kiss's label Casablanca.  They were known for dressing in all white (counter to Kiss in black) and for having elaborate stage sets.  A mix of glam, rock and progressive overtones at times.  They also had a logo that reads the same right side up as well as upside down.



Members:

Punky Meadows: Guitar
Frank DiMino: Vocals
Gregg Giuffria: Keybords
Barry Brandt: Drums
Mickie Jones: Bass thru 1977
Felix Robinson: Bass from 1977 thru to bands last releases in 1980

Albums:

Angel (1975)
Helluva Band (1976)
On Earth as It Is in Heaven (1977)
White Hot (1977)
Sinful (1979) (original title: Bad Publicity)
Live Without A Net (1980)

Frank Zappa wrote a song ridiculing the band's androgynous appearance called Punky's Whips.  The band made an appearance in the Jodie Foster film Foxes (which also starred Cherrie Currie from the Runaways).

Frank DiMino and Barry Brandt revived the band in the late 90's and recorded a disc called In The Beginning featuring guest appearances from Punky and Felix Robinson. Frank also plays in various tribute bands in Las Vegas.

Gregg Giffuria went on to form Giuffria who had some hits in the mid 80's.  After this wrapped up he was a founding member of House Of Lords.  After this folded up in the early 90's he got into producing music used in video gaming machines at casinos  making a fortune.  He has guessed on revamped House Of Lords recordings but has not toured with them.

Punky released a solo album in 2016 and played a few shows in the US.  Felix was on the album and made a few appearances at shows with Punky.

Punky appeared on stage with Frank to play the Tower and the link below is announcing a short tour Punky and Frank will be doing this year.


http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-angel-members-punky-meadows-and-frank-dimino-to-play-shows-together-for-first-time-in-over-35-years/

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Re: Angel
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 12:12:37 PM »
Very underrated band, these guys were pretty good. Greg Giuffria and Punky Meadows were very underrated and DiMino was a good front man and vocalist. They should do a full reunion.

Tower live from Live Without A Net
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OkA6Fmea5Q

The Winter Song; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q12rhJWE954

Rock & Rollers; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3xCgcEUHBc

Live Without A Net
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBcjG76pDjs
Live Fresno, CA 1978
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNUh_gmwM5o
Live Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 1976
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypu_pINAVOA

Punky Meadows & Frank Dimino
Live Las Vegas 3-8-17
Tower; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxo0cGYSXAg

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Re: Angel
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 12:41:14 AM »
I hadn't seen that blabbermouth article or that it was posted here, so I found out about the Philly date in April at the Trocadero by talking to a few people at last nights Michael Schenker fest show. I ordered a ticket tonight for the show. I just wish Greg Giuffria was on board for these tour dates, but who knows, maybe this will lead to a full reunion. Judging from that video of Tower from last week, it should be a good show  8)     
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Re: Angel
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2018, 10:20:42 AM »
They got inducted in some Vegas Rock Hall Of Fame two years ago and all the band (including Mickie Jones' widow) were together.  I'm pretty sure Gregg is happy doing what he's  doing and won't go out on a tour but he is friendly with the other guys. 

I saw Punky at the Rock Carnival in Lakewood NJ in 2016 and it sounded pretty good. 

That promo shot of the upcoming shows in the BM story I think Frank has the better wig of the two, think he gets his wigs from Joe Lynn Turner's shop lol

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Re: Angel
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 11:55:01 PM »
I went to the Punky Meadows/Frank Dimino Angel show last night in Philly at the Trocadero. I can't say I was blown away but they were decent. I had a long day yesterday so I didn't stay till they end of the show. I split about an hour and 15 minutes into the show, so I missed a few songs and Tower, one of the few songs I even know by them.

  They played mostly Angel songs, one cover song (Mott The Hoople's All The Young Dudes) and a couple songs from their respective solo albums. The supporting members in the touring band were solid (keyboards, bass, drummer, and a rhythm guitarist) they used an Angel stage backdrop. Frank sounded pretty good he can still wail and belt out the songs, he definitely has a little Paul Stanley likeness about him in his singing style (old school Paul that is). Punky was decent he mainly just stuck to the songs but he threw a little flair in once in a while. Just generic rock and roll nothing spectacular. Keyboard player was ok nothing special, Giuffria would have I'm sure made it a better experience. I caught one of the three opening bands some local Motley Crue sound alike band. Not a real big crowd maybe 150-175 max most of which showed up late for the Angel set.

I went mainly out of curiosity. I doubt I'd pay to see the band again. Let me see if I can find the set list on setlist.fm
Ok here is the set list
https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/punky-meadows/2018/trocadero-theatre-philadelphia-pa-53ec8bb5.html

I should have stuck around, I left during the middle of Rock and Rollers after that they played Tower as the encore but I was getting tired so I split.
     
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Re: Angel
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 06:57:21 PM »
Nice! Greg Giuffria joining Punky and Dimino in Vegas on the Tower, first time in thirty seven years the three have played together.
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/angels-gregg-giuffria-joins-punky-meadows-and-frank-dimino-on-stage-for-first-time-in-37-years-video/